Edgecliff alumna Kathy Wade partners with public library to present "Books Alive! for Kids"

The program is sponsored by Learning Through Art which is celebrating 20-year anniversary | June 18, 2012

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County continues its partnership this summer with Learning Through Art, founded by Edgecliff alumna Kathy Wade, with a series of 10 programs to excite children about music.

The award-winning Books Alive! For Kids interactive program, held at select library locations from June 18-Sept. 30, combines sight, sound and touch by presenting a book, engaging children in a performance and providing a hands-on, “make-it-and-take-it” craft.

The Books Alive! For Kids Summer Library Tour 2012 features “What A Wonderful World” by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele and illustrated by Ashley Bryan. It is being presented in conjunction with the What Children Believe International Art Exhibition presented in the Main Library Atrium this summer that also promotes the family summer reading program, Reading Rocks.

Learning Through Art is celebrating its 20th year of building culture and community through art. The organization is hosting a year-long celebration, which kicks off with a series of summer events centered on arts, cultural and literacy education.

“This anniversary is such an exciting milestone that we wanted to share it with the community by highlighting the best of our 20-year history,” said Wade, CEO of Learning Through Art. She and her late husband, Dan Jenkins, founded the nonprofit 20 years ago.

“We’re bringing together some of the region’s most engaging arts experiences through a series of events designed not just to share art with the community, but invite them to engage and experience our mosaic beauty through the arts offered right here in our region,” she said.